In The Beginning ...
We love our Claridges Bird House, and Ivy Bird Table; they were the first products we designed, so we will always have great affection for them.
The design took a lot of time to perfect, but it was worth it to see how they give so many people all over the world, so much enjoyment.
The philosophy behind the design, was to provide a nest box that had the look of a traditional English dovecote, but was scaled to be exactly right for garden birds to use. The bird table had to compliment the bird house, but also be a stunning design in it's own right. Both had to look beautiful, but they had to work.
Without doubt, the focal point is the roof, each cedar tile is individually hand-cut and fixed to the frame, Cedar was chosen for the tiles as it needs no maintenance and will in time turn a beautiful silver colour.
Our design philosophy is simple; a product must be beautiful inside and out, so the roof frame is a work of art in itself. This frame took many hundreds of hours to design, but the finished article, is as beautiful a design as any roof structure on any building. Not only does it give the Claridges and Ivy their hallmark look, it is also probably stronger, and than the roof of your house. It will last a lifetime as well. We urge you to remove the roof (they are easily removable), and take a look inside. I think you will then agree that the reputation Sparrow & Finch have earned for beautiful design and construction methods is richly deserved.
We have been paid many compliments about our products, but one of the most memorable was an elderly gentlemen who declared, after many minutes of inspecting the Claridges bird house roof, that after a 50 year career as a Master Carpenter and traditional roof specialist, 'he could not have made it better himself'. Statements like this makes us extremely proud, and we hope gives our customers a taste of what our construction philosophy is like.
The roof is finished with a beautiful hand-turned finial and a solid copper cap.
The Body ...
The 'body' of the bird house is almost completely circular, again many hundreds of hours of design to perfect. Inside are eight separate ‘apartments’. These apartments are easily removable for cleaning.
The table is also circular, and has six ornate pillars finished with a solid copper handmade band to keep the food on the table. This ring lifts up to allow simple cleaning. (Something that is very important to do)
The Post & Bracket ...
You do not just nail our bird houses or bird tables to any old post. We have produced a bracket that is in perfectly in keeping. This fits over the post that is high enough to keep the predators away, but low enough for you to see all of the goings on (1.6m for the Claridges, 1.3m for The Ivy).
The Finish ...
We hand-finish to ensure a beautifully smooth surface. Everything we produce gets a finish fit for the indoors. Just because it is a bird house or bird table does not mean it is any less of a piece of art. All pieces are glued, nailed and screwed to ensure the product not only lasts, but looks beautiful for a long time. Sanding between coats of paint means the finish is superb and very tactile.
In Position ...
We, and our customers have had fantastic success with both the bird house and the bird table. In our Claridges we have had between one and five pairs of House Sparrows in residence, (they are a communal nesting species ideally suited to the type of nest box), various titmice and finches, mostly single pairs as they are territorial. But one customer has had two pairs of Blue Tits in one Claridges, nesting on opposite sides and never coming in to contact. How is that for forward thinking!
The Ivy has had at one time most species of English garden birds paying it a visit, and some exotic visitors also.
The Stipulation ...
Having described in detail why we love these two pieces and all of the hard work and time that goes into every one, if you wish to own one, we have one stipulation - 'that you absolutely must place your Claridges or Ivy where you can see and admire it every morning when you look out into your garden'.
What Our Customers Say ...
The Claridges bird house and The Ivy bird table are waving the flag for British craftsmanship in many countries around the world; America, Canada, Australia, Hong Kong, Switzerland, France and Germany to name just a few.
Mrs G from Kent - ‘Thank you Sparrow & Finch, my Ivy replaced a bird table my husband made for me when he was alive, I did not think I could have another bird table, but it has given me so much pleasure’
Mr Y from Dorset - ‘My husband loved his Claridges, he says it's the best birthday present he has had’
Dr O from Hong Kong - ‘What a work of art, everyone that visits, comments on my wonderful Claridges bird house’